Snøhetta’s New “Peace Bench” at the United Nations

Officially named The Best Weapon, a “peace bench” installation designed by Snøhetta will take up a temporary position outside the UN Headquarters in NYC starting this Nelson Mandela Day (18 July). Fabricated with the assistance of Hydro and Vestre, the six-and-a-half meter-long arc (or smile) is composed of anodized aluminum. After NYC, the bench will move to its permanent location in Oslo—closer to its commissioning …

Miami Art Week 2018: Radical Sculptures

Six works that shine a light on the dynamic medium

To boil down today’s definition of sculpture, one is left with the word “representation.” Some of us immediately associate the medium with three-dimensional marble or metal mobiles while others jump to abstract pieces that tackle contemporary concepts, moods or ideologies (even if the subject matter is nothingness). During Miami Art Week, we saw several pieces that captivated through the ways they appeared different and activated various …

Miami Art Week 2018: Manifestations of Childhood Nightmares

Sexual assault, school shootings and other works that tap into fear, terror and unease

There’s no fuel quite like fear—be it a motivator, an instigator of nightmares or a cause to express oneself boldly (or even quietly). Between societal unrest and the ever-changing fears of the youth, it was evident that much work seen during Miami Art Week drew inspiration from the terror felt by and for children today, or memories of horror from our own childhood applied to …